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Poster: scuffle Date: Feb 12, 2009 11:30pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD video disk patent licensing

Thank you. I use open source software self-compiled on a Linux system. I will need several days to look at various authoring programs as you suggested.

So far, I have found that the free Nero burner software packed with disk burners does not include DVD video disk licensing. In its terms of use it says use of MPEG video and Dolby sound is licensed only for personal use, and it refers us to the usual licensing agents for those. That means it includes no licensing for them at all.

The terms of use for a trial version of the retail edition of Nero for Linux makes no mention of DVD video disk licensing. That is a pretty important bit of information to leave unmentioned for a tool that produces video disks.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Feb 13, 2009 2:02am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD video disk patent licensing

With the Nero OEM version "Essentials" that comes with burners you usually only get a 30 day trial of DVD functionality, MPEG-2, MP3 and Dolby Digital (AC-3) Stereo. If you purchase the full version you get a package of third party licences including the above and DD surround (up to 5.1) encoding. I am not sure whether they are personal (non commercial) use or unrestricted. But gifting DVDs to a library would probably be fair non-commercial use.

Otherwise you might try a basic off-the-shelf professional DVD Authoring system like DVD Lab Pro or Abode Premiere. They come with unrestricted licensing.

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Poster: scuffle Date: Feb 13, 2009 11:55am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD video disk patent licensing

Thank you. That sounds promising. I will probably need several weeks to check the programs and maybe write to the publishers to confirm the extent of licensing they include. I will post a new forum message to report what I find.